Zayn Malik Announces Record Deal with RCA, Will Start Making ‘Real Music’

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New man, real music – that seems to be Zayn Malik’s mantra in 2015.

The former One Direction member just officially went solo, and signed with RCA Records (the same record label that represents Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, and many more).

Now that he’s got a new label, new manager, new producer, and a whole new career in front of him, it doesn’t seem like he’s trying to be a “normal 22-year-old out of the spotlight” like he’d previously said.

He said in a tweet, “I guess I never explained why I left , it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !!”

Guess this means we’ll get to see Malik make music that is real to him rather than the pop music he did during his days with One Direction. Of course, Malik’s departure from the group earlier this year put the 1D universe into complete turmoil, and left fans anxious for what was to come with the band and his solo career.

On July 23, 2015, the day marking the band’s 5 year anniversary, it seems that Malik and the guys have settled their differences which were largely brought on by his tweet-friendly former producer Naughty Boy, all too thirsty for a fight.

Malik retweeted Liam Payne and added:

As for Naughty Boy himself, it seems that his days piggybacking off of Malik’s fame are over. They were working on a collaboration of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type,” but things went sour when Naughty Boy posted screengrabs of the not-yet-released music video. Malik called him a “fat joke,” and that was the end of it.

Last month, it was rumored that Simon Cowell’s label Syco had dropped Malik out of loyalty for the other boys, which Cowell denied. Regardless of what happened, he tweeted his full support and happiness for Malik:

Check out the gallery above to see Zayn celebrating his solo record deal at Warwick Hollywood.